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NEWSPAPER UNION OFFICIALS TO BE TRIED FOR COERCION DURING DAILY NEWS STRIKE

 SPRINGFIELD, Va., March 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Newspaper labor union officials will stand trial for illegally fining New York Daily News employees who worked during the violent 1990 strike, National Right to Work officials announced today.
 Foundation attorneys won a complaint from the New York office of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) against Newspaper Guild, Local 3, on Friday. In the complaint, the board agreed with Foundation attorneys' evidence that union officials violated the employees' rights by falsely telling them they could not resign from the union immediately prior to or during the strike.
 Some 100 Daily News workers filed charges against union officials at one point. But since the filing of the first charges nearly two years ago, most of them accepted a union-dictated settlement under which they paid reduced fines and promised to actively support the AFL-CIO's legislative campaign to ban the permanent replacement of striking workers.
 Of the four remaining employees, Thomas Kelly is represented by attorneys provided by the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation.
 "These employees didn't owe a penny to the union and it's shameful dozens were intimidated into paying any fines. Now, with this complaint, we're well on our way to proving it was illegal too," said Foundation Executive Vice President Rex H. Reed.
 When the Newspaper Guild began its strike against the Daily News in October 1990, union officials told employees that they could not resign during the strike. When hundreds exercised their Right to Work, union officials fined them as much as $8,000 each.
 In the complaint, NLRB officials agreed with Foundation attorneys that by their disinformation and fines, Local 3 violated the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Patternmakers League v. National Labor Relations Board. In that 1985 ruling, the court held that employees have the right under federal labor law to resign at any time, regardless of any restrictions that may appear in a union's constitution or by-laws. In Patternmakers, the Foundation's friend-of-the-court brief argued successfully on behalf of individual employees' freedom.
 The complaint was issued by the Region 2 office of the NLRB, located in New York City. The trial is scheduled for Sept. 8, 1993.
 The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation is a non-profit, charitable organization providing free legal aid to employees whose human or civil rights have been violated by abuses of compulsory unionism. The Foundation is currently representing thousands of employees in nearly 400 cases nationwide.
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 /CONTACT: Tim McConville or David Kendrick of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, 703-321-8510 or 800-336-3600/


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